In Idaho Medication Aides are called Medication Assistant Certified or MA-Cs for short. The MA-Cs cannot replace the licensed nurse’s role in the administration of medications. Nurses must still exercise their judgment when administering medications, such as deciding when to administer a PRN medication, assessing clients such as evaluating the need for, or response to, medication, educating the client, and performing the conversions or calculations of medication dosages whenever necessary. The MA-C’s role is to assist the nurse related to the safe administration of medication.
Training for Medication Assistant Certified MA-Cs in Idaho
The following is a requirement before individuals can enter into an MA-C training program:
- Be educated as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Basic CNA skills and essential abilities are necessary before an individual can accept additional responsibilities related to medication administration.
Idaho Medication Aide Curriculum
- consists of 80 hours of didactic training, which will include work in a skills lab and/or simulation facility,
- 40 hours of supervised clinical practicum. The elements of this curriculum include the essential content, practical/actual experience, demonstration of skills and a competency examination. The content modules comprising the didactic portion are provided in five modules. Content areas in the curriculum include: medication fundamentals, safety, communication and documentation, medication administration, ethical and legal issues, and a practicum.
Successful completion of a final comprehensive examination including content and performance of medication administration skills is required for certification. Once certified, the MA-C is minimally competent, at an entry-level position, to administer medications as described in this curriculum to individuals, in settings as determined by state and federal laws, under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse.
Medication Assistant Certified MAC Classes in Idaho
College of Western Idaho
P.O. Box 3010,
Nampa, ID 83653
The class offered here will qualify you to assist with medications in assisted living, group home, and certified family home settings. Upon completion of the course, you will know the legal requirements for assistance with medications, be able to identify safety factors involved, and know your responsibilities and restrictions when assisting with medications. A closed-book certification exam and skills exam are conducted at the end of class. Students must bring government issued identification that includes a photograph and signature (i.e., driver's license, passport, state-issued identification card, military identification card)
IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209
Closed-book written exam and skills exam are conducted at the end of class. Students should obtain and begin studying the course manual at least one week prior to the class.
College of Southern Idaho
315 Falls Avenue, PO Box 1238,
Twin Falls, ID 83303-1238
Phone: (208) 733-9554
Toll free: (800) 680-0274
Assistance with Medications
This course is required by Health & Welfare for health care employees working in assisted living situations. The course covers legalities, medical terminology and skills essential to help a person consume medications.
Assistance with Medications is a one time, eight hour class held every other Monday during the semester from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is a Zero Credit Course that requires pre-registration and payment of $79.00 at the time of registration.
North Idaho College Workforce Training Center
525 Clearwater Loop
Post Falls, ID 83854
This course is required for any unlicensed assistive personnel who are delegated the task of assisting with oral, topical, suppository, ear drops, eye drops, nasal, gastrostomy tube, or pre-mixed inhaled medications. This program is targeted for individuals who care for residents in assisted living and clients in the home setting, but is beneficial to anyone assisting with medications. Reading medication instructions and prescription labels is a crucial skill to safely practice in health care.
North Lewiston Training Center
1920 3rd Avenue North
Lewiston, Idaho 83501
Toll Free: 800-879-0452
Assistance With Medications
This basic course is designed for unlicensed assistive personnel who are delegated, by a nurse in Idaho, the task of assisting with administering medications to individuals in their home or group facility. You will learn delegation and regulations, prevention of infectious disease, medication categories, various forms, dosages and reactions to medications, proper care, storage, labeling and administration of medications.
Idaho Health Care Association
1524 W. Cayuse Creek Drive
Meridian, ID 83646
Pearson Workforce Education
Students will know the legal requirements for assistance with medications, be able to identify safety factors involved, and know responsibilities and restrictions when assisting with medications. The course materials provide knowledge and practice of basic skills competencies required for Unlicensed Assisted Personnel certification in Idaho.
Individuals wishing to obtain certification as Unlicensed Assisted Personnel for the purposes of assisting with medication administration in designated residential care settings. The course is also required for Certified Family Home providers.